Greek Orthodox Church
Greek officials Tuesday scrapped plans to criminalize blasphemy as a law-and-order debate intensified between the country's new conservative government and the left-wing opposition.
Justice Minister Costas Tsiaras said the proposal has been removed from draft legislation that's being debated in Parliament. It would have made blasphemy punishable by up to two years in prison.
The new archbishop of America, Elpidophoros, who will be enthroned on Saturday, is seen addressing members of the Greek Orthodox Church and diaspora in New York on Friday. The archbishop declared that his top priority will be the swift completion of restoration works on the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero in Manhattan.